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Cyclists Taking The Marietta Trails By Storm

By: Todd Baucher Stanley Jefferson Email
By: Todd Baucher Stanley Jefferson Email

Updated 8-10-13 9:29PM

Bike lovers across the valley went quite the adventure Saturday morning in Marietta as a part of the River, Trails and Ales Festival.

The Armory is the meeting point for cyclists but also the focal point of the festival.

Throughout the weekend, the lawn acts as headquarters, a place you can go for maps and information during the day and live entertainment at night.

The "trails" part of the festival is the cycling with designated trails taking riders biking across the city.

They range from five to 53 miles long, so whether you're a beginner or think of yourself as much more of a pro, the trail has something for everybody.

"I think people are starting to notice what great trail systems that we have in this area. The River Valley Mountain Bike Association puts a lot of work into maintaining the trails here in the city and at Wayne National Forest. We have almost 20 miles of trail just here within the city of Marietta," says River, Trails and Ales Director, Hallie Taylor.

Most events throughout the weekend are free.

New this year is a people's choice award.

Participating restaurants are offering up Ohio micro brews and you get to vote on the best one.

For more information on the final two days of the festival, visit their website, http://www.rtafest.com/.

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Updated: 8/9/2013 12:30 P.M.

A little rain doesn't keep some bicycle enthusiasts from hitting the streets.

A group bicycle tour is one of the many organized bike rides in this year's Rivers, Trails and Ales festival...which kicked off Thursday in Marietta.

The festival, in its third year, has several types of outdoor activities.

The ride Friday covered a 26-mile route to Stanleyville and back.

"We've done it now for a couple of years," says cyclist Steve Simonton. "We enjoy helping out, and helping lead bicycle rides, so that people can enjoy the event and enjoy the countryside."

The festival, which runs through Sunday, August 11, will also feature live music and a raft race Saturday on the Muskingum river.

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An event that's known for celebrating paddling, road and mountain biking and fine local ales kicked off Thursday night in Marietta.

The Marietta Adventure Company is putting on its third annual Rivers, Trails and Ales Festival this weekend.

They had their event kick off part at the Marietta Brewing Company.

People got to enjoy some great breweries, live music by Phillip's Bird and purchasing event merchandises.

All proceeds will help Marietta Adventure Company continue to have the festival in the future.

Last year, they raised $2,000.

"It's a chance for local people to come out and experience things that they maybe didn't know were available to them in terms of outdoor recreation and it's also a time to invite people from other communities to come and visit and see what we have to offer and why Marietta is such a great place," says Rivers, Trails and Ales Organizer, Ryan Smith.

The Rivers, Trails and Ales Festival runs through Saturday.

Starting tomorrow morning at 9, there will be a biking and river adventure along with round one of the Tortoise and Hare World Championships.

For more information on the festival, visit their website, http://www.rtafest.com/.


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